[caption id="attachment_41971" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="One-third of students are comfortable with eBooks, according to a recent study."]One-third of students are comfortable with eBooks, according to a recent study.[/caption]

Barnes & Noble has joined the growing list of companies and organizations giving college students electronic alternatives to their pricey textbooks with the book retailer’s free NOOKstudy software that could save students 40 percent at the bookstore.

The NOOKstudy software will be usable on PCs, Macs, the Apple iPad, and, of course, the Nook when the program is released in August. More than 500,000 free...

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